Buses

Buses might be the poor cousin of Melbourne public transport, but I still write about them.

Still more COVID-19 related public transport observations

Victoria is now onto lockdown #6 and the pandemic has no end in sight – so here’s another round of COVID-19 related public transport observations. Cleaning “Hygiene Theater” is still an everyday operation on the Melbourne rail network. Wiping down the handrails may make some sense. But a ‘hygiene team’ wiping down bus stops is […]

Cutting the ribbon on a bus shelter

Buses might be the poor cousin of public transport in Melbourne, but politicians are the kind of attention seekers who will turn up to the opening of an envelope – or issue a media release when they install a new bus shelter. New bus shelters in the Yarra Ranges? 12 new Yarra Ranges bus shelters […]

‘Blaze it’ on Melbourne’s route 420 bus

Everyone loves to chuckle when the route 69 tram is mentioned, but there is another Melbourne public transport route with a number worth a smirk – route 420 from Sunshine to Watergardens via Deer Park. Melbourne’s first route 420 bus route ran from St Albans to East St Albans, and was operated by the Footscray […]

More COVID-19 related public transport observations

Time flies when you have to stay home, but it’s been a few months since my last round of COVID-19 related public transport observations. So here goes another collection. Cleaning ‘We’re deep-cleaning and disinfecting this vehicle every day’ stickers have appeared on buses. V/Line trains. And Metro trains. At stations ‘Keep your distance where you […]

How do you pronounce a bus route number?

The other week somebody on Facebook made a divisive comment – “If you refer to a bus number as its numerical value rather than as single digits, you’re what is wrong with this world”. So how do you pronounce a bus route number? I posed that very question on a bus spotting discussion group years […]